Operation Northwoods - Deep State plot against Cuba and JFK

By Peter Gerard Myers.

Date April 25, 2019.

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Information on Operation Northwoods was revealed by James Bamford in his book Body of Secrets.

Papers on Operation Northwoods were released about 1995, as part of an investigation into the assassination of JFK.

More info on Operation Northwoods is at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

However, Wikipedia omits the best bits. Here they are, from the book that broke the story:

Body of Secrets

by James Bamford

DOUBLEDAY New York 2001

{p. 82} According to secret and long-hidden documents obtained for Body of Secrets, the Joint Ghiefs of Staff drew up and approved plans for what may be the most corrupt plan ever created by the U.S. government. In the name of anticommunism, they proposed launching a secret and bloody war of terrorism against their own country in order to trick the American public into supporting an ill-conceived war they intended to launch against Cuba.

Codenamed Operation Northwoods, the plan, which had the written approval of the Chairman and every member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called for innocent people to be shot on American streets; for boats carrying refugees fleeing Cuba to be sunk on the high seas; for a wave of violent terrorism to be launched in Washington, D.C., Miami, and elsewhere. People would be framed for bombings they did not commit; planes would be hijacked. Using phony evidence, all of it would be blamed on Castro, thus giving Lemnitzer and his cabal the excuse, as well as the public and international backing, they needed to launch their war. ...

{p. 83} They would have to trick the American public and world opinion into hating Cuba ...

Among the actions recommended was "a series of well coordinated incidents to take place in and around" the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This included dressing "friendly" Cubans in Cuban military uniforms and then have them "start riots near the main gate of the base. Others would pretend to be saboteurs inside the base. Ammunition would be blown up, fires started, aircraft sabotaged, mortars fired at the base with damage to installations."

The suggested operations grew progressively more outrageous. Another called for an action similar to the infamous incident in February 1898 when an explosion aboard the battleship Maine in Havana harbor killed 266 U.S. sailors. Although the exact cause of the explosion remained undetermined, it sparked the Spanish-American War with Cuba. Incited by the deadly blast, more than one million men volunteered for duty. Lemnitzer and his generals came up with a similar plan. "We could blow up a U.S. ship in Guantanamo Bay and blame Cuba," they proposed; "casualty lists in U.S. newspapers would cause a helpful wave of national indignation." ...

{p. 85} Bombings were proposed, false arrests, hijackings: ...

-"Hijacking attempts against civil air and surface craft could appear to continue as harassing measures condoned by the Government of Cuba." ... AN AIRCRAFT AT ELGIN AFB WOULD BE PAINTED AND NUMBERED AS AN EXACT DUPLICATE FOR A CIVIL REGISTERED AIRCRAFT belonging to a CIA proprietary organization in the Miami

{p. 86} area. At a designated time the DUPLICATE WOULD BE SUBSTITUTED FOR THE ACTUAL CIVIL AIRCRAFT AND WOULD BE LOADED WITH THE SELECTED PASSENGERS, ALL BOARDED UNDER carefully prepared ALIASES. The actual REGISTERED AIRCRAFT WOULD BE CONVERTED TO A DRONE [a remotely controlled unmanned aircraft]. Take off times of the drone aircraft and the actual aircraft will be scheduled to allow a RENDEZVOUS south of Florida.

FROM THE RENDEZVOUS POINT THE PASSENGER-CARRYING AIRCRAFT will descend to minimum altitude and go directly into an auxiliary field at Elgin AFB where arrangements will have been made to EVACUATE THE PASSENGERs and return the aircraft to its original status. The drone aircraft meanwhile will continue to fly the filed flight plan. When over Cuba the drone will be transmitting on the international distress frequency a "May Day" message stating he is under attack by Cuban MiG aircraft. The transmission will be interrupted by DESTRUCTION OF THE AIRCRAFT, which will be TRIGGERED BY RADIO SIGNAL. This will allow ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization] radio stations in the Western Hemisphere to tell the U.S. what has happened to the aircraft instead of the U.S. trying to "sell" the incident.

Finally, there was a plan to "make it appear that Communist Cuban MiGs have destroyed a USAF aircraft over international waters in an unprovoked attack." It was a particularly believable operation given the decade of shootdowns that had just taken place.

In the final sentence of his letter to Secretary McNamara recommending the operations, Lemnitzer made a grab for even more power, asking that the Joint Chiefs be placed in charge of carrying out Operation Northwoods and the invasion. "It is recommended," he wrote, "that this responsibility for both overt and covert military operations be assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staf£"

At 2:30 on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 13, 1962, Lemnitzer went over last-minute details of Operation Northwoods with his covert action chief, Brigadier General William H. Craig, and signed the document. He then went to a "special meeting" in McNamara's office. An hour later

{p. 87} he met with Kennedy's military representative, General Maxwell Taylor. What happened during those meetings is unknown. But three days later, President Kennedy told Lemnitzer that there was virtually no possibility that the U.S. would ever use overt military force in Cuba.

Undeterred, Lemnitzer and the Chiefs persisted, virtually to the point of demanding that they be given authority to invade and take over Cuba. About a month after submitting Operation Northwoods, they met in the "tank," as the JCS conference room was called, and agreed on the wording of a tough memorandum to McNamara. "The Joint Chiefs of Staff believe that the Cuban problem must be solved in the near future," they wrote. "Further, they see no prospect of early success in overthrowing the p'resent communist regime either as a result of internal uprising or external political, economic or psychological pressures. Accordingly they believe that military intervention by the United States will be required to overthrow the present communist regime." ... {p. 89} As has been described, the document was signed and fully approved by Lemnitzer and the rest of the Joint Chiefs and addressed to the Secretary of Defense for his signature. Whether it went beyond McNamara to the president and the attorney general is not known. {endquote}

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